I wrote a mini blogpost in the run-up to the The Caine Prize for African Writing. There were 133 writers there on my carpet, and maybe five times as many others who’d helped them, in small or large ways, to be there. Read the full post here.
With the fabulous The Caine Prize for African Writing winner. Congratulations for her wonderful story “Fanta Blackcurrant”.
I did this interview some time ago with the excellent Graham Riach; happy to see it in print now. Read the whole piece here. In this interview, Henrietta Rose-Innes describes her practice as a short story writer, noting how it differs from that of writing novels or poetry. For Rose-Innes, the short story offers a way […]
CONGRATULATIONS Wole Talabi, Nonyelum Ekwempu, Olufunke Ogundimu Stacy Hardy and Makena Onjerika! I’m very proud to have been part of selecting this wonderful shortlist. Sifting through the entries was a pleasure from start to finish. Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa representing. Read the luminous top five stories here.
Aw, I’m really pleased about this! delighted that my Twitter experiment @FarMonolith caught some nominators’ eyes. And fabulous company on the shortlists: yay Nerine Dorman Masha du Toit Deji Olukotun Sibongile Fisher and everyone else. Also, so nice that they include the longlists of all nominees. Some great stuff on there. As someone who’s been reading a lot of African […]
Nice surprise: my story “Porcelain” is included in ONE, a staged adaption of stories from ONE WORLD: A GLOBAL ANTHOLOGY OF SHORT STORIES by students at Santa Ana College, being performed this weekend. Go check it out. ONE WORLD is one of the best publications I’ve been involved in; still robustly in print after 9 years, […]
Good to see the Franschhoek Literary Festival 2018 programme is up and running, with tickets on sale from tomorrow. Three days, nearly 200 authors. I’ll be there with 3 events: Fri 18 May, 10am, “What it takes to fill a page”: Darrel Bristow-Bovey will be chatting to me, Mick Herron and Claire Robertson. Sat 19, 6pm, “It’s not about me”: […]
Berliners! I’ll be on a panel to talk about “The Renaissance of the Short Story” on 27 April, as part of Writing in Migration, Berlin’s first African book festival. More details on at http://www.interkontinental.org/wim/
Please to be chatting to my friend and novelist Elnathan John about my writing on 25 April in Berlin. For details see here.
Excellent round-up of last year’s African Science Fiction & Fantasy publications – thank you once again Geoff Ryman of the African Speculative Fiction Society. Looking forward to seeing which works published last year make the Nommos shortlists, which I imagine will be out soon … Read the full article here. 2017 was a year of small watersheds and consolidations, rather […]